There were three automotive recalls last week from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Fisker had a recall for possibility of a fire in its 2012 Karma. The cars in question were manufactured from June 11, 2011 through July 9, 2012.
There are 1,377 cars affected.
The recall is for a manufacturing defect in the low temperature cooling fan that may result in a direct electrical short. The electrical short could cause a fire in the fan housing, its shroud or nearby components.
Fisker will notify owners, and dealers will remove the two potentially affected low temperature cooling fans and replace them with one improved low temperature cooling fan, free of charge.
If owners have questions, they may contact contact Fisker consumer affairs at 1-855-575-7577, option 2, 6am – 7pm (pst) Monday through Friday. Reference Fisker Recall #520120016.
The 2012 Sonic made by Chevrolet Division of General Motors has a sizeable recall involving windshield wipers.
There are 44,668 Sonics manufactured from May 5, 2011 through February 24, 2012 involved.
The problem is with a windshield wiper hose that may separate from the fluid reservoir and prevent washer cleaning fluid from reaching the windshield.
GM will notify owners and dealers will repair the hose connection free of charge.
The GM recall number is 12176. Consumers can call the Chevrolet Owner Center at 1-866-694-6546 for more information.
The Nissan 2013 Infiniti JX35 has a recall affecting 7,842 vehicles with a possible fuel transfer tube having been misrouted inside the fuel tank.
The misrouting may cause the fuel gauge to incorrectly show more fuel available than actual and result in the vehicle running out of fuel unexpectedly.
Nissan will notify owners directly and dealers will inspect the vehicle, re-route the hose if necessary and install a new O-ring, free of charge.
Owners can call Nissan Customer Service at 1-888-327-4236 with any questions.
As we do regularly, we urge owners to take action on their own to confirm if one of the vehicles above is believed to be in their possession. Make the phone call to the manufacturer to confirm if yours is involved and update their records so you can get your vehicle repaired.
Though not likely in the case of recalls this past week, for recalls of older vehicles with the same original owner who has maybe moved from their original address when they purchased the vehicle or the current owner has purchased it used, a current owner very likely may not get the recall notice.
Checking for recalls is easy. Go to recalls.gov/nhtsa.html on your computer. There you will find the NHTSA page for recalls on cars and trucks, child seats, tires and more. You can enter the make, model and year of any vehicle and get information on any recalls for that vehicle.